Dr Rita Alice Mwaipopo
Rita Alice Mwaipopo is a Lecturer at the School.Before joining the University, Dr Mwaipopo had worked with the National Insurance Corporation (1982-85), Attorney General’s Chamber (1985), and Institute of Development Management (now Mzumbe University) (1986-1992). Dr Mwaipopo holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B Honours-1985) from University of Dar es Salaam. She has Diploma in Legal Studies from The Victoria University of Manchester, UK-1989. In 1991, she received Master of Laws degree (LL. M in International Business Law) from The Victoria University of Manchester. She then earned her Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2008.
Dr Mwaipopo teaches Intellectual Property Law, The Law of Contract, Insurance Law, and Legal Aspects of Actuarial Science. Her key areas of interest (teaching, research and consultancy) includeintellectual property law, company law, insurance law, private international law, investment law, consumer protection, and gender and the law.
Dr Mwaipopo has held several administrative positions within the University. For example, she was the Acting Corporate Counsel and Secretary to Council of University of Dar es Salaam from July 2013 to October 2015. From 2012-13, she was the Head of the Department of Economic Law. She has also been a coordinator of Postgraduate Studies of University of Dar es Salaam School of Law from 2010-2012. She has also been engaged in different academic activities and special assignments outside the University. For example, she has been an external examiner to Tanzania Institute of Bankers, Mzumbe University, Institute of Finance Management, Ruaha Catholic University, and St Augustine University of Tanzania. Dr Mwaipopo has also been a visiting scholar at several academic institutions abroad.
Dr Mwaipopo has the following publications:
- Intellectual Aspects
- Principles of Law, First Revised Edition, 2018.
- Principles of Law (Relating to Banking), Tanzania Institute of Bankers, Dar es Salaam, 2005.
- Sheria za Madhara, Research and Publications Committee (RAP), Mzumbe, 1990.
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books:
- ‘‘Human Rights, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania’’, 5th Chapter, in Tanzania and Prison Service Human Rights Training Manual, TPS, 2013.
- “Gender and the Law in Tanzania: Aspects of the Position of Women on Land and Property, in William Binchy and Catherine Finnegan (eds.) Human Rights, Constitutionalism and the Judiciary: Tanzania and Irish Perspectives, Claus Press, Dublin, 2006, pp. 93-109 (ISBN 1-905536-04-6).
- Biotechnology Applications WTO-TRIPS Agreement and its Relevance to Tanzania, Kasonta, J.S., Lyaruu, A.E., Chuwa, P.C.., Hosea, K.M., and Kohi, Y.M. (eds.) Biotechnology Research and Development Policy: The Basis for Socio-Economic Development in Tanzania, Proceedings of the Three Workshops in Tanzania During 2001/2 within the East African Regional Program and Research Network for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development, Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2002, pp.130-143. Available at: http://www.bio-earn.org/Content/Downloads/National%20Policy%20Strategies/2001-COSTECH-policy.pdf
- "Food Quality and Safety Control in Tanzania" Vol. 6 No. 1, The African Journal of Finance Management.
Conference Papers and Thesis
- “Intellectual Property Rights and the Regulation of Access to and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources in Mainland Tanzania”, A Thesis Submitted in Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Dar es Salaam, November 2008.
- "Minority Shareholders, Rights: A Comparative Study of the Treatment of Minority Shareholders under English and Canadian Companies Laws", A Dissertation Submitted to the Victoria University of Manchester for the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M), 1991.
- “Contractual Terms: The Need for Uniform Terms and Conditions for Tanzania", a Third Year Compulsory Research Paper, submitted to the University of Dar es Salaam, for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) 1985.
Selected Conference Papers
- “The Effectiveness of Commercial Law in Combating Economic Crimes in the Banking and Insurance Industry”, A Paper Presented at the 6th Economic Crime Meeting of the Subgroup of the Eastern and Southern Africa, Impala Hotel Arusha Tanzania, August 28-30th, 2002.
- “Biotechnology Applications in Relation to WTO-TRIPS Agreement and its Relevancy to Tanzania”, A Paper presented at the 2nd National BIO-EARN Biopolicy Workshop II on Biotechnology Applications in Tanzania Matching Capabilities to National Needs and International Requirements, held at the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Conference Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, December 4-5th, 2001.
- “Constitutional Principles for Free and Fair Elections in the Tanzania Constitution”, Presented at Seminars for Agenda Participation 2000 Programme of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2000.
- “The Role of the National Electoral Commission in the Administration and Management of Elections”, Presented at Seminars for Agenda Participation 2000 Programme of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2000.
- “Gender and the Law in Tanzania: Aspects of the Position of Women on Land and Property”, Presented to the Judges Conference on Constitutionalism and Human Rights, Organised jointly by The Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam and The School of Law, Trinity College University of Dublin, in Dar es Salaam, September 21st - 22 October 1998.
Selected Consultancy Work and Reports
- Review Report on the Proposed Syllabi for the Degree of Master of Laws Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law of the Open University of Tanzania, submitted to the Tanzania Commission for Universities, August 2009.
- Review Report on the Proposed Syllabi for the Degree of Master of Laws Degree in Public Law of the Ruaha University College of the St. Augustine University of Tanzania, submitted to the Tanzania Commission for Universities, August 2009.
- Legal Opinion on the Material Transfer Agreement between the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) of Tanzania and Esperanza Medicines Foundation of Switzerland, July 2007. The Report facilitated the signing by the parties, of a multi-dollar contract for a joint HIV-AIDS, Cancer and Diabetes drug prospecting project in Tanzania, in 2008.
- External Evaluation of the Institutional Set –Up and Programme Activities of Agenda Participation 2000 for a Democratic Culture, Consultancy Report submitted to the Governing Body of AP2000, June 2005.
- Needs Assessment on Women’s Rights to Property Ownership in Dodoma Region, Mainland Tanzania, Consultancy Report submitted to the Tanzania Women Lawyers’ Association, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, November 2004.
- Evaluation of the Institutional Set-Up and Project Agenda Participation 2000 for a Democratic Culture in Tanzania, Consultancy Report submitted to Agenda Participation 2000, Dar es Salaam Tanzania, November 2002.